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Period of study

The following tables summarise the minimum and maximum periods for registration for research degrees.

Information in the tables is taken from the University's Ordinance Governing PhD, MPhil and Professional Doctorate (paragraphs 5, 6, 18, 19 and 20) available on the Academic Quality Unit website. Please note, one year is defined in the tables below as twelve calendar months.

Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

 Normal minimum period of registrationMinimum period with approval from RDC and submission of completed thesisNormal maximum period of registration including writing-up period
Full-time doctorate  3 years 2 years 4 years
Part-time doctorate 4 years 3 years 7 years

Please note: the University's Professional Doctorates (DBA and DPharm Part-time programmes) generally follow the Part-time doctorate pattern of minimum registration above (four years), but in both cases the relevant Course Regulations should be referred as they indicate different maximum periods of registration. 

Moreover, both Professional Doctorate programmes do not have "writing-up" periods as such, but modular and research (thesis) components which are detailed through individual Course Regulations and Programme Specifications.  The University's programme specifications are available through Academic Quality Unit website.

Degree of Master of Philosophy

  Minimum period of registration Maximum period of registration
Full-time masters 1 year 2 years 
Part-time masters 2 years 4 years

Please note: minimum/maximum periods of registration will be adjusted if you change your mode of attendance, that is from full-time to part-time study (or vice-versa). Student Registry Services (Research) will confirm this for you should you apply for a change in mode of attendance.